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LIFE IN TEL AVIV
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS IN TEL AVIV
As an Excel Fellow, you’ll quickly find out why Tel Aviv is known as the “Miami of the Middle East”. You and your other Excel Fellows live together in a student village steps away from a large park and less than a 10 minute walk from the stunning Mediterranean Sea. Not only will you have countless cafes and restaurants within the surrounding blocks of your front door, you’ll also be close to the business center of Tel Aviv.
Israeli Salad Anyone?
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LIVING IN TEL AVIV
Whether you’re grabbing a coffee while riding the bus, scootering to the office or finishing off the day with a friend and a plate of hummus, these cafes and kiosks are bound to make their way into your daily routine. Imagine your life in Tel Aviv, and check out some of the places that are all a short walk from the Student Village. (After these, you’ll never look at your local Starbucks the same!)
A few suggestions to get you started
Kafe Bevakasha (coffee, please)
There are few things more central to Tel Aviv's culture than coffee. You will find a world-class variety served with unmistakable Israeli warmth at Café Zorik on Yehuda Maccabi/Milan Square.
Summer is hot, hot, hot and Tel Avivians often cool off with a smoothie. Tamara, on the corner of Dizengoff and Ben Gurion, is an icon. Stroll down Dizengoff Street to check out art galleries, boutique clothing stores and hand-crafted jewelry shops as you sip a smoothie made from super fresh exotic fruits and vegetables.
Between the hot climate and never knowing what tomorrow may bring, Israelis don’t waste time beating around the bush — take comfort in expressing your opinions, requests and so on. That said, Israelis treat one another like family so feel free to ask strangers for help with directions or to recommend their favorite hummus joint.
No need to schedule a coffee meet up two weeks in advance like other cultures (NYers, can you relate?). Israelis think nothing of getting a call to meet for coffee or a meal on the spot. And, you can feel comfortable inviting yourself over to your Israeli peer’s apartment — of course, they might be busy that day, but it’s highly unlikely they will be offended that you didn’t ask a week in advance
In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find good bagels and lox. That said, Israeli food has evolved tremendously over the last decade or so and you can fully expect to enjoy some of the best meals of your life here. Everything from expertly grilled kebab to salads with just picked vegetables to toasts with every combination of ingredients imaginable (including vegan and vegetarian galore)